India is very cheap for western visitors – the upmarket western hotels in the major cities and resorts still charge prices approximating their native equivalents, but there are some wonderfully atmospheric high-end options such as old maharajahs’ palaces that are well worth the splurge.
Good budget-conscious options can be found, but mosquito bites and hence the risk of malaria can be lessened by choosing accommodation with air-conditioning and sealed windows. Cheap hotels also tend to have frequent power blackouts. Many areas have dak bungalows, run by the State for travelling officials but usually taking in tourists when they have room. These are good ways of meeting Indian travellers.
India is also a destination where you might think about being particularly sensitive to the effect of tourism on local communities and the environment. It can be more rewarding to stay in a local family guesthouse than in a Western-style resort using vast amounts of water. We list several eco-friendly options in Green Places to Stay in Asia feature, or try a family-friendly homestay.
Parents may be tempted – especially on first family holidays in India – by an organized family adventure (see Trips tab).